Habibi Funk: An Eclectic Selection Image

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  • Summary: The 17-track collection features songs from artists from a variety of Arab countries including Al Massrieen, Dalton, Fadoul, and Ahmed Malek.
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  1. Jan 9, 2018
    The tracks are arranged chronologically, and the flirtations with funk and garage rock at the start are the most fun, but even some of later R&B pastiches from Tunisia and Egypt are pleasingly odd.
  2. Q Magazine
    Dec 6, 2017
    Entertaining and informative. [Jan 2018, p.117]
  3. Dec 11, 2017
    Fans of Sublime Frequencies and their exhaustive look at Southeast Asian bands taken by surf music will find kinship in “Mirza” and the skronking sax lines of Sudanese track “El Bomba.” And just when it seems the comp is firmly entrenched in an exploration of how ’60s rock and R&B infiltrated the region, the tumbling disco beat and needling reeds make Mallek Mohamed’s “Rouhi Ya Hafida” refreshing.
  4. Uncut
    Dec 6, 2017
    Something gets lost in translation in these inter-cultural patchworks, sure, but more often than not something weird and wonderful is born. [Jan 2018, p.38]
  5. 60
    Habibi Funk deals not in the indigenous strains that occupy the main focus of world music reissues, but rather local crossovers that slipped between the cracks, reflecting outside influences from the Caribbean, Cape Verde, and overwhelmingly, Western funk, soul and disco. ... The more recent examples are somewhat diluted by developments in technology.
  6. Mojo
    Dec 6, 2017
    Although the quality dips dramatically on Samir & Abboud's bland, overworked Games and Gharbi Sadock & George Garzia's sickly slap-bass odyssey Lala Tibiki, both prove rare exceptions. [Jan 2018, p.102]
  7. Dec 7, 2017
    Perhaps a little inconsistent, Habibi Funk packs a lot of charisma, and on balance delivers the goods.